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Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Short Movie Reviews 

I've watched some movies that have been released some time ago and I've just never had the chance to watch them until now.

The Vanishing - Interesting movie starring Jeff Bridges, Sandra Bullock, Kiefer Sutherland and Nancy Travis. Sutherland plays the boyfriend in search of his abducted girlfriend (Bullock) for 3 years. After three years, the abductor (Bridges) contacts the boyfriend to explain what he did to the girlfriend. Travis plays the new girlfriend who starts to have issues with her boyfriend's obsession with locating the abducted girlfriend and tries to convince him to move on.

Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind - If you liked Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke, then you'll like Nausicaä. I was surprised to learned that this animated film was released by Disney in 1984. Spirited Away was also released by Disney but there wasn't much publication about it and it is a good enjoyable film.

Anyways, a terrible catastrophe, the Seven Days of Fire, has literally destroyed the world, where everything is contaminated even the air they breathe. The insects are bigger than life and rule the world. Nausicaä, princess of a very small country, the Valley of Wind and an expert glider, tries to bring peace between battling nations and nature or else the world would just be inevitably destroyed.

Shaolin Soccer - uh, no! This was just plain stupid and just had to stop watching it.

Here you see a domineering female landlord with a cigarette in her mouth, which was borrowed for Kung Fu Hustle. However, KFH did a better job with this particular character than SS.

The next movie that I have TiVo'd is Terms of Endearment. So, can't wait to check that out.


News of the Day

Supreme Court backed Oregon's assisted-suicide law by 6-3.

"The 6-3 decision found that the Bush administration improperly tried to use a federal drug law to pursue Oregon doctors who help people die under the law."


Center for Constitutional Rights and ACLU are suing the Bush administration, NSA and other security agencies for the illegal use of domestic spying as well as Bush overstepping his constitutional powers.


Massachusetts high court has allowed an 11-year-old girl, Haleigh Poutre, to be taken off life support.

This is interesting. Her stepfather literally beat her to death. Since her admission, she's been on life support. However, doctors have said she's in a persistent vegetative state and will never recover. (Remember Terri Schiavo?)

The stepfather has fought to keep her on life support. You see, once Haleigh is taken off life support and dies, he'll be charged with murder. Of course, the stepfather wants to keep her on life support to avoid the murder charge.

However, the state has ruled that she should and will be taken off life support.


Who the heck would wanna shell out $25,000 for a kidney stone? And who cares if it belonged to a celebrity!


An interesting historical infomation found on 365gay.com:

January 18, 1726 - The man who might have been the first gay king of America was born in Berlin. Prince Heinrich of Prussia was the brother of Frederick the Great who tried have him made King of America. The fledgling US even considered it during the period ruing the Article of Confederation, but, by the time the fickle prince agreed, the equally fickle American public had opted for the Constitution and a republic.

ta ta for now...